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Night Train with Wyatt Cenac Night Train with: Michael Che, Josh Gondelman, Mark Normand, Janelle James and Kendra Cunningham
Jun 29, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm| $8
Hosted by Brooklyn-based comedy favorite Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show, King of the Hill), Night Train show features comedy from the best local and international stand up comedians, and–at times–special guest appearances by musicians, local celebrities, and the occasional surprise only found in Gowanus.
Michael Che is a stand-up comic from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. As the youngest child of seven, he has been his family’s source of comic relief since he was old enough to wear diapers. Growing up with much older siblings, Che became familiar with stand-up comedy at a very young age when he watched Eddie Murphyand Damon Wayans’ specials. However, it wasn’t until he attended LaGuardia Music and Performing Arts High School that he realized performing could be a future career. Che has been featured at major comedy clubs throughout Manhattan, but has built a name for himself playing alternative rooms in New York’s downtown scene.
Josh Gondelman is a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City. With years of experience as a preschool teacher and a pretty good guy, Josh charms audiences using his good-natured storytelling and cracks them up with his sharp, pointy wit. Josh’s comedy touches on topics from rainbows to gangsta rap and makes them all equally hilarious thanks to his terrific writing and performing. In 2010, Josh traveled to Atlanta for the inaugural Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, where he turned heads and captured first prize! Since then he has become an in-demand performer on a national scale. He has performed at the Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen, CO, and headlined at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival in Asheville, NC. More recently he has appeared in the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and SF Sketchfest. Josh’s grandmother was especially thrilled to see him on television on G4?s “Attack of the Show” and MavTV’s “Rooftop on the Road.” His first CD, “Everything’s The Best” was released in November of 2011 by Rooftop Comedy Productions.
Mark Normand was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, where at an early age he was exposed to the odd sides of life. As a kid he spent most of his time acting in plays and shooting short films. Mark started doing comedy right after college and quickly moved to New York. Mark now works comedy clubs and colleges across the country and has been involved in many festivals including Portland, Seattle, DC, Boston and most recently was featured at the Montreal Comedy Festival. Mark also recently appeared on the last season of Last Comic Standing. In NYC Mark now runs two independent comedy shows, one of which is recorded for a popular podcast called ‘We’re all Friends Here’ on Breakthruradio.com.
Janelle James is a Caribbean born comic who started doing standup in the midwest. Moving to the midwest was such a jarring experience that Janelle, already a person prone to melodramatic mood swings quickly fell down a hole into deep depression. A chance conversation with a neighbor about a local open mic led to Janelle trying to reap the benefits of talk therapy without the bills (or therapist) and trying her hand at stand up comedy. Janelle’s stand up is a mix of raunch, family life and morbid thoughts about depression and aging. She has featured all over the midwest and NYC in such places as The Jukebox Comedy Club, NY Comedy Club and The Knitting Factory. She was a top three finalist in both the 2011 Laugh Comedy Competition and the 2012 Jukebox Comedy Competition. Janelle has also traveled extensively as the feature act with veteran comics and performed at the 2013 Bridgetown and Limestone comedy festivals.. When not performing, Janelle can be found tweeting the boredom away @janellejcomic or complaining to anyone who’ll listen about how having kids makes it so much harder to move into a van and live the glamorous life of a road comic.
Kendra Cunningham is a Boston-born stand-up comic, comedy writer, actress and filmmaker living in Brooklyn, where she owns a super comfortable bed. She also bartends and has an MA in Forensic Psychology. Kendra spends most of her time wondering where the hell her sugar daddy is and hoping he didn’t settle. Kendra’s festival pedigree includes: Boston Comedy Festival, IFC/BAM Comedy Showcase, Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Ladies of Laughter Festival, Women in Comedy Festival. She has appeared on: Saturday Night Live, The Jimmy Fallon Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Nickelodeon’s Mom’s Night Out, Sherri Shepherd’s Stand Up Showcase. Kendra regularly contributes to The Huffington Post and the comedic relationship blog Beauty and the Beast. Her short films have been screened at a number of festivals; Lonelygirl48, which she wrote and acted in, won the Boston Comedy Festival and the Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival. She has been featured in Time Out New York and onCNN Money, among other publications. (Check out Kendra’s short films and press page.)